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About 5 Elements Coaching RDG

Hello Everyone,

My name is Linnette Johnson. There is a lot I could say about myself, but I want to get to why I started this Research Development Group. Believe me when I say I never thought I would start a research development group. Still, it all began when I started my journey at MUIH in the Doctorate of Clinical Nutrition in September 2021. Since then, I have met some wonderful colleagues, joined in with various research groups, and learned a lot about myself and what I want with my path as a clinical nutritionist and coach.


I have learned that I love research, teaching, mentoring, and being a clinical nutritionist. So, with much thought, at the start of 2023, I decided to branch out and create three pillars for myself: clinical work, teaching/mentoring, and research.  However, most know it's not easy to start a clinical practice. It's even harder to branch out into teaching and research positions, especially without a doctorate or Ph.D. and experience, so I decided to open the research pillar to others who wish to do research but aren't sure how or are seasoned researchers who would love to teach others their research skills to further the information out there without the struggles that may go with it. 

These roadblocks brought me to a point where I wanted to do more research, but why not open the doors to others - nutritionists, dietitians, coaches, acupuncturists, herbalists, and more? We need more research in the Holistic, Integrative, and Functional fields about how these modalities work and why they need to be incorporated into conventional medicine as a preventive means before being diagnosed with medical conditions and prescribed medications. There is a place for all treatments, and why aren't we using them? This is why it's so important to ask questions, explore, and provide the answers, even if it doesn't align with what we thought it would show.

Why start a Research Development Group or Groups? 

Research Development Groups bring together like-minded individuals from different disciplines worldwide around particular topic areas to engage in research development to foster new interdisciplinary collaborations, evaluate funding opportunities, and submit research proposals and joint publications. 5 Elements Coaching RDG is working on recruiting a board so that the non-profit status is finalized so that the board can make sure the mission, vision, and other projects flourish while the active research development groups are looking at new topic areas to conduct research and publishable manuscripts to get the necessary information out to others in the field and the general public.  


This is a brief introduction about me and why this research development group began. Since you have read this far, I hope you will stick around and see how this unfolds further... the first team of clinical nutrition researchers has been formed. More will be started soon... and if you are interested in joining in via the board and/or as a researcher, please fill out the application. I will get back to you soon. 

All the best,


Linnette Johnson DCN (c), CNS, NBC-HWC, CIEC, RALC, LDN

5 Elements Coaching RDG Chair/Owner


ORCID ID #0009-0009-9876-3893

ResearchGate Profile Profile

OSF Profile

Educational Degrees:

  • In Progress- Doctorate of Clinical Nutrition (DCN)- Graduation Sp. 2024

  • Master of Science (MS)-Nutrition & Integrative Health

  • Master of Arts (MA)-Health & Wellness Coaching & Herbal

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Health & Wellness Coaching

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Ayurveda Wellness

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Herbal

Research Publications:

  1. Wolff, M., Johnson, L., & Warns, R. (2023). A Nutritional Approach to Gastrointestinal Disorders: A Case Report. Integrative medicine (Encinitas, Calif.), 22(2), 36–38. Abstract Available- HERE

  2. Johnson, L.M. (2022) The Correlation of Alcohol Use or Alcohol Use Disorder and Metabolic Syndrome with a Nutritional Protocol Intervention Design: A Literature Review (April 3, 2022). Available at SSRN- HERE

  3. Johnson, L.M (2022) The Effects of Alcohol Use on the Microbiome and A Nutritional Protocol Intervention Design: A Literature Review (April 10, 2022). Available at SSRN - HERE

  4. Hollywood, J.B., Hutchinson, D, Feehery-Alpuerto, N, Whitfield, M, Davis, K & Johnson, L.M., (2023): The Effects of the Paleo Diet on Autoimmune Thyroid Disease: A Mixed Methods Review, Journal of the American Nutrition Association, DOI: 10.1080/27697061.2022.2159570 - HERE

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